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Singapore Chinatown Tours

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Singapore Chinatown
For many visitors, Singapore’s Chinatown is the sightseeing focus of the city, home to traditional shophouses, temples, and cultural heritage. Take a wander down the atmospheric streets, dropping into shophouses to see what’s for sale. Admire the rooftop dragons of Thian Hock Keng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and the festively gaudy Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful cows and depictions of the gods. Of course, Chinatown is also the place to go to for great food, especially along Smith Street.

The Basics
When Sir Stamford Raffles divided up Singapore among its ethnic groups, the Chinese immigrants received the largest portion of land. Today Chinatown remains one of the city’s most vibrant and popular neighborhoods, and visitors have a wealth of options for experiencing it. Catch the highlights—including Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple—on an evening trishaw, riverboat, and walking tour of the neighborhood, or treat your tastebuds to a food tour of Chinatown’s best bites. The neighborhood is included in many Singapore sightseeing tours, and it’s also a stop on the hop-on hop-off bus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Singapore’s Chinatown is a must for first-time visitors and foodies.
  • Experience the neighborhood as part of a city-wide sightseeing tour or dive deep on a dedicated Chinatown food tour or trishaw ride.
  • There’s a lot to see (and buy, and eat) in Chinatown, so don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Chinatown is to take the MRT to Chinatown Station and exit toward Pagoda Street.

When to Get There
Shopping the markets of Chinatown is best during the late afternoon or early evening, to see the major attractions before the neighborhood’s night market and nightlife scene begins to pick up. The district is particularly lively in the months leading up to Chinese New Year, with decorations and lights adorning the streets and stalls.

Understanding Singapore’s Chinese Heritage
To truly understand Singapore you have to understand its many ethnic influences, including that of its sizable Chinese population. One of the best places to do so is at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. This museum comprises re-created scenes depicting day-to-day life of Singapore’s Chinese immigrants from the 1950s onward, with stories of how they went from being mere visitors to the largest ethnic group in the country.
Address: Smith Street, 058971, Singapore
Admission: Free
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Singapore Flyer and Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off TourHop on Hop Off

Singapore Flyer and Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Curate your time in Singapore without missing any Lion City attractions with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. The pass transports you to more than 60 popular attractions, including Ion Orchard, Merlion Park, and the Singapore Zoo—all on your own schedule. Plus, unobstructed city views and onboard commentary make the most of time in transport. This tour also includes a pass to the Singapore Flyer, a giant ferris wheel with unbeatable views over the entire island nation and surrounding ocean.
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City Bike Tour: Adventures In The CityMountain Bike Tours

City Bike Tour: Adventures In The City

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The only bike tour that starts and ends in the city, conveniently located in the heart of the city with major hotels in walking distance. Strategically located along the Singapore River to provide one of a kind tour with story line that starts from the beginning of Singapore to the present. Dive into the heart of Singapore and experience the diverse cultures and landmarks of our various ethnicity groups. Explore historical landmarks like Raffles landing site, Merlion, Thian Hock Keng Chinese Temple and Kampong Glam just to name a few. Learn about the history and culture of Singapore from our professional licensed Tour Guides and even have a taste of local delights along the way. The fun doesn’t just end there, we'll even make stops along the way to take those ever so important Instagrammable pictures just like the pros.
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Night Bike and Bite

On this finely crafted Night Bike and Bite tour. We focus on showing you the unique Cuisine and Culture of Singapore. As a result of its history as a seaport with a large immigrant population. Singaporean cuisine is diverse and contains different elements derived from several ethnic groups, Chinese, Malay and Indian. Night Bike & Bite tour will bring you through our beautiful city from Dusk to Night. Follow your guide pedal through Singapore top attractions and three different ethnic quarters, Kampong Glam, Little Indian and Chinatown. While tasting difference ethnic foods and snack along the way. Our Guide will share with you stories & secrets that make Singapore so special. After a relaxing ride through the fascinating city as night close in. Dine at one of the best Hawker centre in the city that offer some of the best of local cuisine “Lau Pa Sat“. Enjoy a plate of “Hainanese chicken rice” with “Pulled tea”. Please visit our website for more detail informations.
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(Semi-Private) Everyday Street Art and Street Food TourHalf-day Tours

(Semi-Private) Everyday Street Art and Street Food Tour

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In this trail, we will discover the diversity of food of the main ethnic groups in Singapore. And while any foodie tour can take you on a hawker trail, we’ll let you in on the secrets behind the best stalls. The group size is intentionally kept intimate at 6 persons as our food stops are small businesses specially handpicked to reflect artisanal techniques - not the ones typically visited by commercial tours. More than tasting, you will also get a full palate education on the herbs & spices that are used in the traditional culinary kitchens of this region. In between eating stops, we take a breath to explore the some terrific street art and walk through atmospheric alleys. This is the ultimate feast for the stomach and eyes!
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Best Bar Experience with Dinner & Cocktails included and a Gin MasterclassHalf-day Tours

Best Bar Experience with Dinner & Cocktails included and a Gin Masterclass

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Before the night begins, we’ll take you to a food street in Chinatown—where you can try authentic, local food. After Dinner, we’ll be heading to one of Singapore’s largest nightlife districts to uncover two hidden bars. First up, is a secret underground bar. Despite being on The World’s 50 Best Bars for consecutive years, they still feel like that cool kid who refuses to play by the rules. So forget cocktails that taste all the same. Over here, they create seasonal menus that don’t even indicate the type of alcohol used, just the ingredients—all to give bar-goers like you a multi-sensory experience. Next, you’ll be attending a Gin Masterclass by a guy who has an obsession with Gin and Tonic. You’ll learn and explore the botanicals that go into Gin, the process of making of it, and its unique flavour profiles. You’ll get to make your very own bespoke cocktail. Book our tour now and we will make sure you have an awesome experience at our top local bars.
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Bikes & Bites

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Every route is carefully curated by a professional, certified and licensed tour guide by Singapore Tourism Board. There is no better way to see what Singapore has to offer by joining our bike tour to get a heads up on the city’s highlights. In this journey, you will understand how the British colonial government shaped the landscape of this little red dot and how it impacted the city landscape of modern Singapore. We will also take you to the art belt of Singapore, visit the Chinese, Indian and Malay precincts in Singapore and Singapore River to learn and understand the culture of different races. One by one, we will share with you the stories of this beautiful city.  
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Walking Guided Tour with Photo SessionBus Tours

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Walking Guided Tour with Photo Session

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This is a walking guided tour with personal photographer. Your guide will help you in exploring the city and its culture and bring you to the picturesque spots of Singapore. She will capture the moments while you create and collect memories. You will receive the pictures after maximum of 1 week. Skip the hassle to google, maximise your time, capture beautiful shots and get lost with an expert. Walk with your real-life guide and photographer, walk with TEDS.
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Benefit from the convenience of booking private transportation for your full-day city tour of Singapore. Ride in the comfort of a luxurious private vehicle to major attractions such as the Singapore City Gallery, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Flyer, and Singapore Botanic Gardens, and have time to check out the distinctive Kampong Glam and Chinatown districts. Pickup and drop-off is provided from hotels and the cruise ship port.
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Small Group Hawker Centre Street Food Tour Hosted by 4th Generation LocalHalf-day Tours

Small Group Hawker Centre Street Food Tour Hosted by 4th Generation Local

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Your host is a friendly 4th generation Singaporean Chinese with a strong passion to share real life experiences from growing up in Singapore since the 70's. His in-depth experience of the hawker markets (as they were the only places to eat out at in the 70's) promises an adventure of discovery the vibrancy of local street food now run by 2nd or 3rd generation family members. You will be introduced to a wide variety of local street food favourites mostly known to the locals. You will also get to know better your host and the country through his eyes and life's experiences, view the hawkers in action preparing food the same way since decades ago and get to meet other local people as well. This fun and engaging adventure is for those who want to experience unique traditional street food in the hawker centres located in the ethnic neighbourhoods. This is a dying culture that has been deeply embedded in the Singapore way of life since the colonial days of early 19th century until today.
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MUST TRY Local Vegetarian Food + Buddhism Culture Experience + City Joyride Bus Tours

MUST TRY Local Vegetarian Food + Buddhism Culture Experience + City Joyride

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Nostalgic Journey with Trishaw Uncle Cycle RickshawPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Nostalgic Journey with Trishaw Uncle Cycle Rickshaw

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Night City Tour: Gardens by the Bay- Bugis St Market - Tropical Fruit SamplingCity Packages

Night City Tour: Gardens by the Bay- Bugis St Market - Tropical Fruit Sampling

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Despite its straight-laced reputation, Singapore knows how to keep nightlife vibrant. Discover the city’s after-dark attractions as you drive through Marina Bay en route to Singapore Street Food, watch the famous light show at Supertree Grove, and stroll through popular dining and shopping areas. An open-top double decker bus provides easy transportation and ensures that you don’t miss a single sight along the way.
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Telok Ayer Landscape and Architecture PhotographyPhotography Tours

Telok Ayer Landscape and Architecture Photography

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We love coming up with new ideas or twists on old favourites to ensure that your Singapore experience is truly personalised and unique. We have extensive experience in providing bespoke Singapore tours for a range of traveller categories.
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Tastes of Chinatown

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Sweet and Savory Evening Hawker Food Tour

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Experience an integral part of life in Singapore with an evening walking tour of the city’s top hawker food centers. Walk at a leisurely pace with a small-group tour limited to 10 participants, stopping regularly to sample a variety of savory and sweet dishes. Expect enough tastings to make a hearty meal as you make your way through Chinatown and the Central Business District with your food-loving guide.
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The History of Trade in Singapore: An audio tour from Chinatown to Boat QuayPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The History of Trade in Singapore: An audio tour from Chinatown to Boat Quay

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Nostalgic Chinatown of SingaporePrivate and Luxury

Nostalgic Chinatown of Singapore

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Private Michelin Premium Food Tour with Hawker Centre & Chinatown TourHalf-day Tours

Private Michelin Premium Food Tour with Hawker Centre & Chinatown Tour

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Chinatown-Little India in Singapore on a Walking Tour

Explore the city of Singapore, exploring its main areas: Chinatown and Little India, of which Padang is the main attraction.
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Discover the Highlights of the city of Singapore on a Private TourHalf-day Tours

Discover the Highlights of the city of Singapore on a Private Tour

Explore Singapore and visit attractions such as the National Orchid Garden, Thian Keng Temple, Chinatown and Little India.
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Private Guided Tour of SingaporeBus Tours

Private Guided Tour of Singapore

Private Singapore cultural heritage tour. Visit Thian Hock Keng Temple and explore Chinatown’s streets and markets Trace Singapore’s development at the Singapore City Gallery See the ‘Street of the Dead’ and visit a Chinese medicinal hall Enjoy lunch (own expense) at the food stands of a hawker’s center Explore Little India and see the Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam Round-trip private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off included
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3D 2N Singapore Tour

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